Che Leblanc had a clear vision for what is now Rosebud Farms. In 2009 after spending a couple of summers looking for the right piece of property, Che purchased a large block of land near the beautiful Rosebud Lake in the Central Kootenays.
Ideal Location in the Heart of Canadian Cannabis Culture
There are two reasons that the Central Kootenays are renowned for producing some of the best quality cannabis in Canada; its climate and its soil. “The combination of hot summers, plenty of sun, clean water and the Terroir soil means that the area has one of the best, if not the best, conditions for outdoor cannabis production in Canada. The climate and soil are similar to which you would find in high-end grape production, which creates a unique expression of produce grown.”
“The location was also the right altitude, similar to Colorado, elevated to a point where we have less atmosphere for the sun to travel through, enabling us to capture more of its energy. Harnessing the suns energy reduces energy cost, meaning higher profit margins for us down the road.”
The property also offered Che a lovely ecosystem with an ideal south-facing slope next to Rosebud Lake. The lake, which is at the end of a quiet road, is a no-motor, paddle-power only lake. Che describes it as “a beautiful kind of oasis which fits perfectly into what our company represents and how our production methods are harmonizing with natural systems. It seemed very appropriate to create Rosebud Farms here”.
Aiming for Regenerative Practices by Moving a Step Past ‘Sustainable’
Che intends to demonstrate regenerative practices and move a step beyond sustainable. “Sustainable is great, and that’s going to keep us where we are, but to really fix this mess we’ve got ourselves into we need to start thinking regenerative. This is one of the things we’re focused on demonstrating”.
An example of a regenerative practice will be Rosebuds water harvesting. Outdoor terracing will grow the harvest and cultivation areas and by angling the terraces into the hillside, Rosebud will be able to capture water in a rain event, channel it back into the hill and into the sub-soil layers. “Over time we’ll actually recharge the water tables and increase the water table height. There’s a formula that allows us to calculate how much water we’re storing on the property by determining the size of our catchment area and our annual rainfall. The idea is to capture and store more water in the subsoil than we’re using. It is quite common that after two to three years of charging the subsoil layer new water springs will begin to emerge”.
“Our facility is also located at the head of a water system. By harvesting water on our site we can raise the water tables and increase stability to the entire water way below us. In turn, increasing habitat for wildlife”.
Another regenerative practice is to build soil onsite enabling Rosebud Farms to capture carbon. It is Rosebud Farms intention to move beyond being simply sustainable and carbon neutral and show carbon capturing.
Investing in a Real FutureRosebud Farms launches its Equity Crowdfunding campaign today, allowing any Canadian resident to buy shares in this private company. Che believes their craft approach will make sense to consumers and the general public will relate to the company’s values: its people and earth ethics. “It would be difficult to maintain our ethics, our craft, and quality if we were outright owned by a large corporation. We feel that to stay true to our morals, of helping our community and moving from the past systems towards regenerative practices, we need to steer the direction of our company”.